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Local aquaculture and seafood initiatives are a collaboration between Barnstable County’s Marine Resources & Aquaculture Department and Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod. The collaboration is established to coordinate various activities such as events and tours, and provide a cohesive vision to showcase Cape Cod seafood and to connect the public with local seafood species.


This survey focuses on the MA Aquaculture Industry.  Aquaculture is the rearing and harvesting of food from water environments. Shellfish aquaculture in coastal waters is a $28 million dollar business in Massachusetts with approximately 400 growers farming over 1200 acres. Current aquaculture products grown in Massachusetts include quahogs (hard clams), oysters, petite surf clams (butter clams), and kelp seaweed. The MA aquaculture industry is always looking for new ways meet the needs of chefs and the culinary industry, and in the process identify new markets and products to grow.  Thank you for your time!


Safe Handling, Storing, and Cooking Practices

Shellfish contain high quality protein and other essential nutrients and are an important part of a healthful diet. As with any type of food, however, it is important to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.  Follow these basic food safety tips for selecting and storing shellfish — and you and your family can safely enjoy the fine taste and good nutrition of local seafood.

Local Shellfish Recipes

Delight your taste buds with this collection of delicious, locally-sourced shellfish recipes created by the best chefs of Cape Cod!

Do You Offer Local Seafood and Ingredients at Your Eatery? Join Buy Fresh Buy Local!

If you serve local ingredients at your establishment you can join Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod for FREE! As a Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod Member or Supporter, you’ll be part of a growing local community that believes in supporting and encouraging cooperation among Cape Cod’s farms, working waters, businesses and citizens.

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Here are just some of the benefits of membership:

  • Listing on with a link back to your site
  • Access to BFBL Cape Cod materials (bumper stickers, poster, point-of-purchase signs, etc.)
  • Listing in printed BFBL Cape Cod Guide, 30,000 distributed to residents and visitors in 2018
  • Opportunity to promote your products and/or events in monthly public email newsletter sent to 2,700+ recipients
  • Opportunity to promote your products and/or events on our Facebook page, currently 1,700+ “Likes”
  • Use of the BFBL Cape Cod logo (please contact us)
  • Opportunity to participate in our Fall Harvest Celebration
  • Opportunity to co-sponsor a custom Buy Fresh Buy Local event

Contact Information

Abigail Archer - Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist

Joshua Reitsma - Marine Program Specialist

Harriet Booth - Marine Program Specialist